NELSON, Richard (Dick) Irwin
December 28, 1929 - December 24, 2012
Dick passed away at home after attending his favourite event, a Nelson Norwegian style Christmas celebration. He will always remain in the hearts of his beloved wife of 59 years Jacquie, his children Sally, Richard (Palmer), Mansell (Suzy) and Molly (Darcy). Papa will be missed by his grandchildren Robyn, Sydney, Hannah, Jess and Angus Nelson and Madeline and Chloe Skerritt whom he loved so dearly. He also leaves behind his brother William (Bill) Nelson and sister June Goldsmith. Born and raised in New Westminster, Dick has a UBC Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree (1953) and Harvard MBA (1955). His working life was primarily devoted to the fishing industry, initially at Nelson Brothers Fisheries and subsequently as CEO of BC Packers for 16 years as well as leadership positions in a variety of other fishing companies. Dick was active in national and local industry and business trade organizations and a number of Federal Government Ministerial Advisory Councils. He was a long time board member of George Weston Limited, The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company and the Vancouver Port Corporation. Dick was very involved in community affairs, including serving on the Boards of the University of British Columbia, the Vancouver General Hospital, the Vancouver Aquarium as well as other local organizations. Dick was an avid outdoorsman. A skilled sailor, Dick was at the helm of the Naknek during numerous Swiftsure and Southern Straits races and came second in the 1974 Victoria Maui race. An RVYC member, he spent happy times at outstations with family and friends. Dick's family shared his skiing enthusiasm spending many ski seasons together at Whistler. Dick was an ardent fisherman, often fly fishing at locations such as Panask and Tlell or trolling for salmon wherever he could. Dick will be cherished as a devoted family man and perfect gentleman by his loved ones. A celebration of Dick's life will be held at 2 p.m. February 2nd at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, 3811 Point Grey Road, Vancouver. No donations by request.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Dec. 29 to Dec. 31, 2012